Brigham Young University

For Evaluating Learning Efficacy And Cost Savings When Using Open Textbooks In Public High Schools

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We propose a grant to Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) to support a research project based on embedding open textbooks (as OER) into a suite of K12 classrooms in Utah. This project will not only directly expand the use and awareness of OER in public formal education; it will also provide much-needed data regarding impacts (fiscal and educational) based on the use of OER. The Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES), based at BYU, will manage the project and house the necessary personnel. The data and outreach that result from this project are expected to provide policy support for OER adoption in Utah and beyond.
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for OER adoption in community colleges  
For many years, Brigham Young University has been a hub for research on the impact of OER and open textbooks. This grant would support the adoption of OER in Virginia community colleges and the launch of a library of open assessments and problem sets to make open textbooks more adoptable. This effort is designed to increase the supply of OER materials in the mainstream and encourage institutions to adopt them.
for exploring the financial and educational impact of use of open textbooks in high school  
Brigham Young University researchers propose to expand on a small pilot study indicating that the use of inexpensive open textbooks did not hinder student performance on state test scores. Gathering data from 55,000 high school students, they will investigate if students achieve more when they can use open textbooks as personal, expendable texts to practice advanced study habits such as note taking and highlighting.
for support of campaign finance research on small donors  
This grant would support new research on campaign finance by David Magleby, distinguished professor of political science at Brigham Young University and expert on direct democracy, voting behavior, and campaign finance. The research would focus on donors to the 2012 federal election campaign, building upon Magleby’s study of the 2008 campaign (which created the only data set on small donors from both parties). Many advocates of campaign finance reform call for empowering small donors, but the field currently knows relatively little about small donors’ beliefs and behaviors relative to large donors or the public at large. Professor Magleby’s research will help to illuminate this.

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